A BOAT MUM, WE'VE GOT A BOAT!

PDR61

Note the Eureka in the background of one of the shots has rolled over to expose it's belly. Must be expecting some sort of a tickle later in the night... the sort that happens with 120 grit on a ROS.

PDR62a
3D FROM THE FRONT TOO

So with the tanks in place and the side decks fixed temporarily, the dear things are looking like a pair of boats (or tea chests depending on your point of view).

We have a longer front buoyancy chamber than appears common, and our masts will mount through the deck. This will compromise the watertight nature of the tank a little, but we have plenty in reserve, and will devise a simple gasket arrangement.

PDR63
PERMANENTLY FIXING THE SIDE TANKS

Remember the big gaps under the side tanks? Today was the day they disappeared under a glob of bog. Mik made a super-sized filleting paddle to get the right size in one go.

PDR64
INTERNAL STRUCTURAL FILLETS

Here's the inside of the tank nicely sealed. Check the pics above if you need reminding; yesterday the tanks were tacked in, today the temporary screws removed, and the finished fillets which become the bottom structure installed

PDR65
TANKS DONE

The outside of the tanks complete, and waiting now for the epoxy to cure. While things look a bit complicated at this stage, they aren't at all, however many jobs can only be done in sequence and that leaves a few hours till the glue becomes sufficiently cured to start the next one. These sorts of things are ideal for a midweek evening, where you can do a bit, then go and watch Teev.

PDR74
CENTRE BULKHEAD

Fabricating the centreboard case structure, taking care to ensure the floor beams are at 90. If you get this angle wrong, the centrecase will be installed at whatever angle you accidentally decide!

The Mk2 Plan sets out a much easier way of doing this!

PDR75
FITTING THE SIDE DECKS

Here the case has been glued in, and the side decks are on permanently as well (hence the clamps). Don't worry about the mess, it all needs a good clean and sand after the glue has cured, and the screws have been removed and filled.

Yes the ply gusset is in two pieces, we are cutting our ply quota very fine indeed!

Note also the tape, chisel and other tools left on the side of the side of the hull for convenience, much nicer than cluttering the floor!

PDR84
SO CLOSE WE CAN FEEL IT

Two boats, four spars and a glorious day in paradise! The radiata masts really look the business and are wonderfully flexible..... we have no idea if they are going to be wonderfully brittle as well, but they look good for now!

One of the sprits hasn't been edge-rounded due to a moment of inattention on my part, resulting in a whirling 3/8 router bit losing an argument with a cast iron clamp. (Take note Julian: this is an example of what happens when you..... )

PDR85
FILLING SCREW HOLES

Julian, having completed his spar making apprenticeship, begins filling all the screw holes in the hulls. Michael supervises.

The screw holes again, are the result of temporarily fixing the deck beams in place while the epoxy cures. Once the glue is set, the mechanical fixings become redundant, and we can save a few kilos in weight not to mention dollars, by re-using them.

PDR89
CENTRECASE STRUCTURE

The centrecase structure may look complex, and indeed it took us probably two days fiddling to get a nice structural outcome, and an efficient sailing setup, however, now that it's nutted out, in typical Storer detailing, the builder of the next boat (from plans) will make both the bulkheads fore and aft of the centrecase first, and they will form part of the initial hull structure. Beautiful!

No measuring, no nuffink... it will just slot together like a bought one: one of the beauties of having a square bottom and parallel sides of course is that it's easy to build dead accurately (as long as you have a big square thing).

PDR90
ALMOST READY TO VARNISH

These are going to be nice little boats I reckon, and they are now ready for a final poxy job inside (mostly done and sanded already although hard to see in the photos), then we can varnish them and put them on show somewhere!

PDR91
ONLY THE FOREDECK TO GO

Just a pic of one from the front, the shiny bits are where the previously uncoated timber is now beuuuutifully coated. (It give's Michael something to do during the day when I'm at work).

PDR92
NOTHING LIKE A SQUARE BOAT

These boats are a doddle to set up. Because everything's square, there's a very simple method for plumbing the mast!

PDR93
MAST STEP

Here's the mast step being set up. Michael has devised a more complicated bit here than is necessary so that we can adjust the mast rake to muck around with a few things, but his standard plan has a very simple single timber arrangement.

Note the number permanently squirted in the hull. This is our "hull number" and I was trying my hand at stencilling signs: more on that later.

Of course when we replaced the bottom, we didn't replace the number!

PDR94
MAST PARTNER

Mast step and partner in place, both will be boxes of plywood and plenty strong enough.

So now tonight we'll splash some more epoxy round this bit of structure, and finally glue the lid down.

PDR104
BOTTOM SKIDS

I cut the skids for the bottom, and Mik glued them with temporary screws in the meantime. Note all the other holes from various fixings (now filled) and ready for sanding.

With the new thicker bottom specified, these skids are completely unnecessary.

PDR125
CUTTING THE SLOT

Mik demonstrates the centreboard slot cut out in the bottom of the boat, and the surgeons' tools needed to accomplish it: Drill, file, hacksaw blade with a bit of tape wrapped round it, and a bit of wood to wrap some sandpaper round.

Actually we used a router with a bearing bit, but we could have used all those things if: a) I didn't own a router b) my router had been stolen, or c) Bunnies hadn't been kind enough to replace my defunct $40.00 one the night before! (Thanks Mr GMC and Bunnies)

PDR126
LET'S SEE HOW IT FITS THEN

It stopped raining long enough to take these shots, but the wind almost enough to capsize the boat sitting there with just the mast up, which is why Mik is holding it up!

I couldn't stand back far enough to get the whole of the mast in, but you get the picture! Also it's raked a bit radically in the shots, but we have built in a lot of adjustment and will fiddle with it depending on which sail configuration we eventually use.

PDR127
AND SO TO THE PAINT

I guess that's now near the end of the show, but there's still painting, signwriting, rigging and of course the launch to cover, so stay tuned

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